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Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes
Executive Committee of the Board
ICANN

30 May 2006

The Executive Committee of the ICANN Board of Directors met via teleconference on 30 May 2006. Chairman Vint Cerf opened the meeting at 1.06 PM PDT US. The following Executive Committee Members attended the meeting: Vint Cerf (Chair), Demi Getschko, Alejandro Pisanty, and Paul Twomey. Njeri Rionge was not present. John Jeffrey, General Counsel & Secretary, and Kurt Pritz, Vice President, Business Operations, also attended.

The following items were discussed:

Setting of Special Meeting Agenda for 9 June 2006 and 14 June 2006

After a full discussion regarding proposed agenda items from the ICANN Board and Staff, the Executive Committee Members present approved the following Agendas for the 9 June and 14 June 2006 Special Board Meeting.

Njeri Rionge was not present but provided her approval of the proposed meeting agenda topics circulated prior to the Executive Committee Meeting, which varied slightly from the final agendas.

Below are the agreed Board agenda meetings:

A) 9 June 2006 Special Board Meeting

Review of Recommendations from Board's Compensation Committee

Approval of Financial Expenditures for Litigation Expert's Expenses

Delegation of Åland Islands (.AX) Top-Level Domain

Update and Status Report on Audit Progress

Other Business

Any of these items that cannot be brought to conclusion, will be put over for at the next Board Meeting, currently scheduled for 14 June 2006.

B) 14 June 2006 Special Board Meeting

Approval of Outstanding Minutes

Recommendation by Meetings Committee for Board Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria in October 2006

Additional Consideration of .UA (Ukraine) Redelegation Request

Other Business

Vint Cerf adjourned the Meeting at 1:36 PM PDT.

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."